23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Kansai International Airport, Drive to Koya-cho
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Koya-cho — 2 nights

On the 20th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryusen-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichijo-in Temple, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): appreciate the views at Katsuragi Highlands, relax and rejuvenate at Healing Space Koyasan Uguisu Seitaiin, steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumagai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eko-in Temple.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Koya-cho day trip planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Koya-cho is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in November: high temperatures in Koya-cho hover around 19°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Himeji.
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Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:

Himeji — 1 night

The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Himeji driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Himeji in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. November in Himeji sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Nov 21 — 22:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima and then take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima itinerary builder.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 5 nights

The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (in Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.
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Kanazawa — 3 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. November in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Hakone-machi.
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Hakone-machi — 3 nights

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Fujiyoshida (Nishiura & Chureito Pagoda) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, and get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Hakone-machi can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 6 nights

Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in December, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Dec 5 — 11:

Japan travel guide

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Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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